Mussi's Herbal

Cleo Mussi

29 Nov 2019 - 23 Dec 2019

Cleo Mussi’s life size mosaics are immersed in an evolutionary and historical timeline. They explore the British landscape, which has evolved since Neolithic times with the conscious and unconscious introduction of seeds and plants from Europe and further afield. Waves of immigrants introduced plants and seeds for culinary and medicinal purposes. Plants naturalised and spread through cultivation or as weeds along well-trodden migratory paths are now established as part of our diverse landscape. Often tied up with traditional folklore, fairylore, superstition and agricultural toil, these plants and weeds are now so familiar they are incorporated into our cultural history.

Cleo’s work is created from reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware; the inherent qualities, forms, patterns (often floral) and glazes gleaned from the last two hundred years of British Ceramic Industry. Included are pieces from the late 18th century, which sit alongside patterns from the 1960s and those from the 21st century. A small mosaic can include pieces from up to fifty plates; each shard is selected, hand cut, combined and marshalled into place to create unique work.

  • Lungwort, Soldiers and Sailors (Pilminaria officinalis) - Lungs View details
    Lungwort, Soldiers and Sailors (Pilminaria officinalis) - Lungs
    Cleo Mussi

    Lungwort, Soldiers and Sailors (Pilminaria officinalis) - Lungs

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:33cm W:22cm D:3cm
    Sold
  • Holy Thistle, Blessed Thistle, Milk Thistle (Carduus benedictus and Silybum marianum) Swallow Wort and Greater Celandine (Chelidonium majus) - Liver View details
    Holy Thistle, Blessed Thistle, Milk Thistle (Carduus benedictus and Silybum marianum) Swallow Wort and Greater Celandine (Chelidonium majus) - Liver
    Cleo Mussi

    Holy Thistle, Blessed Thistle, Milk Thistle (Carduus benedictus and Silybum marianum) Swallow Wort and Greater Celandine (Chelidonium majus) - Liver

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:36cm W:23cm D:3cm
    £345
  • Meadow Sweet Queen of the Meadow (Filipendula), Sweet Woodruff Master of the Wood (Galium Oderatum), Ladies Bedstraw (Galiumvernum) - Left Leg View details
    Meadow Sweet Queen of the Meadow (Filipendula), Sweet Woodruff Master of the Wood (Galium Oderatum), Ladies Bedstraw (Galiumvernum) - Left Leg
    Cleo Mussi

    Meadow Sweet Queen of the Meadow (Filipendula), Sweet Woodruff Master of the Wood (Galium Oderatum), Ladies Bedstraw (Galiumvernum) - Left Leg

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:95cm W:35cm D:3cm
    £675
  • King Grace's Ointment, Marsh Mallow (Althaea officianlis) - Bottle View details
    King Grace's Ointment, Marsh Mallow (Althaea officianlis) - Bottle
    Cleo Mussi

    King Grace's Ointment, Marsh Mallow (Althaea officianlis) - Bottle

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:31cm W:14cm D:4cm
    Sold
  • May Tree (Crataegus monogyna) - Right Leg and Label View details
    May Tree (Crataegus monogyna) - Right Leg and Label
    Cleo Mussi

    May Tree (Crataegus monogyna) - Right Leg and Label

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:96cm W:35cm D:3cm
    £675
  • The End of the Wild - Label View details
    The End of the Wild - Label
    Cleo Mussi

    The End of the Wild - Label

    2019
    reclaimed and recycled ceramic tableware
    H:12cm W:6cm D:1cm
    Sold
  • Cleo Mussi beside 'Burdock (Artium lappa) - Burry Man with flower staffs View details
    Cleo Mussi beside 'Burdock (Artium lappa) - Burry Man with flower staffs
    Cleo Mussi

    Cleo Mussi beside 'Burdock (Artium lappa) - Burry Man with flower staffs

    2019
    Photograph: Article Studio

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